Matthew Lustig, M.D.

Matthew Lustig, M.D.

PGY 5

Hometown
Berkeley Lake, GA

Undergraduate
University of Georgia

Graduate
University of Georgia

Medical School
Medical College of Georgia

Katie Thaggard, M.D.

Katie Thaggard, M.D.

PGY 5

Hometown
Jackson, MS

Undergraduate
Mississippi College

Medical School
University of Mississippi

Residency
Pediatrics, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Erin McLeod, M.D.

Erin McLeod, M.D.

PGY 4

Hometown
Utica, MS

Undergraduate
University of Alabama

Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.

Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.

PGY 3

Hometown
Amman, Jordan

Undergraduate
University of Jordan

Medical School
University of Jordan

Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.

Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.

PGY 3

Hometown
Charleston, SC

Undergraduate
Wofford College

Medical School
Medical University of South Carolina

Joshua Butler, M.D.

Joshua Butler, M.D.

PGY 2

Hometown
Duluth, GA

Undergraduate
University of Georgia

Medical School
Medical College of Georgia

Destini Smith, M.D.

Destini Smith, M.D.

PGY 2

Hometown
Hoover, AL

Undergraduate
Mississippi State University

Medical School
University of South Alabama

Katie Barnes, M.D.

Katie Barnes, M.D.

PGY 1

Hometown
Alabaster, AL

Undergraduate
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jordy Roque, D.O.

Jordy Roque, D.O.

PGY 1

Hometown
Miami, FL

Undergraduate
University of South Florida

Medical School
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton

  • Matthew Lustig, M.D.
  • Katie Thaggard, M.D.
  • Erin McLeod, M.D.
  • Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.
  • Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.
  • Joshua Butler, M.D.
  • Destini Smith, M.D.
  • Katie Barnes, M.D.
  • Jordy Roque, D.O.
  • Matthew Lustig, M.D.

    PGY 5

    Hometown

    Berkeley Lake, GA

    Undergraduate

    University of Georgia

    Graduate

    University of Georgia

    Medical School

    Medical College of Georgia

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric neurology, the business of medicine.

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    Awesome residency program. Awesome attendings Awesome co-residents.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Weight lifting, hanging out with my wife and daughters

    Fun Fact

    I used to play bass in a Fleetwood Mac cover band

  • Katie Thaggard, M.D.

    PGY 4

    Hometown

    Jackson, MS

    Undergraduate

    Mississippi College

    Medical School

    University of Mississippi Medical School

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Adolescent/transitional care neurology, epilepsy

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    On my interview day I met a group of therapy pugs walking in a line across one of the crosswalks, and I knew UAB was my kind of place. I made the choice to stay in Mississippi for my first 2 years of pediatrics so I could be close to my grandmother, who was very sick at the time. I subsequently transferred to UAB/COA to complete my pediatric neurology training, and it has easily been one of the best decisions I’ve made. 

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Spending time with my rescue dogs, yoga, hiking, and home improvement projects 

    Fun Fact

    So far, my 2020 experience has included more puzzles and bird watching than I ever imagined.

  • Erin McLeod, M.D.

    PGY 3

    Hometown

    Utica, MS

    Undergraduate

    University of Alabama

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham 

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Neurology

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    All of the wonderful people!

    Favorite Food and/or Drink (restaurant, brewery, etc.)

    Atomic Lounge

    Birmingham Must-See

    Our thriving performing arts scene! Birmingham has many wonderful theatres (Red Mountain Theatre Company, Virginia Samford Theatre, Birmingham Festival Theatre, and Theatre Downtown just to name a few), a beautiful symphony orchestra, ballet and dance companies, a wonderful art museum, and tons of live music.

  • Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.

    PGY 2

    Hometown

    Amman, Jordan

    Undergraduate

    University of Jordan

    Medical School

    University of Jordan

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Neonatal neurology, HIE, stroke outcomes, and clinical research

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    You feel supported by everyone

    Favorite Food and/or Drink (restaurant, brewery, etc.)

    Try the Mediterranean food at Taboon Noon O Kabab

    Birmingham Must-See

    King's Chair hike at Oak Mountain State Park

  • Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.

    PGY 2

    Hometown

    Charleston, SC

    Undergraduate

    Wofford College

    Medical School

    Medical University of South Carolina

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Neurology- all things brain and nerve related:), medical education and mentorship

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    Teamwork and the sense of camaraderie you develop with your individual specialty team, co-residents in the same workspace, and especially co-residents while on MOLE. I really appreciate the support they offer me, and am always reassured to know they're available to bounce ideas off of or help provide direction if I start to feel stuck. 

    Favorite Food and/or Drink (restaurant, brewery, etc.)

    Luna's in Avondale, Ghost Train Brewery

    Birmingham Must-See

    Moss Rock

  • Joshua Butler, M.D.

    PGY-1

    Hometown

    Duluth, GA

    Undergraduate

    University of Georgia

    Medical School

    Medical College of Georgia

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Neurology

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    Wonderful people, a beautiful hospital, and unparalleled teaching and clinical exposure - all in a great city that is close to my family and friends.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Playing guitar and piano, hiking, chasing around my corgi, Walter

    Fun Fact

    My birth certificate says I was born in Minnesota, but in reality I was born over Texas soil. My grandmother wouldn't accept the fact that I was not going to be born in Texas. Therefore, she transported bags of soil from Texas, got them into the hospital, and placed them underneath the bed on which I was born.

  • Destini Smith, M.D.

    PGY 1

    Hometown

    Hoover, AL

    Undergraduate

    Mississippi State University

    Medical School

    University of South Alabama

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Epilepsy, headache, neurodevelopmental disabilities

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    I chose UAB because I wanted to complete my training in the place that sparked my interests in child neurology to begin with.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Cooking, baking, bargain shopping with my mom, playing viola

    Fun Fact

    I collect vinyl records and enjoy listening to them on my grandmother's vintage record player.

  • Katie Barnes, M.D.

    PGY 1

    Hometown

    Alabaster, AL

    Undergraduate

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Career/Clinical Interests

    General child neurology, epilepsy

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    The people! The residents are a big family and the faculty are so supportive. I also love how many opportunities for research, service, and community involvement are available to us at UAB and how we are encouraged to explore our interests.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Reading, binging Netflix and Disney shows, hanging out with my husband and daughter

    Fun Fact

    I was a barista throughout undergrad and I’m always excited to explain the difference between a latte, a cappuccino, and a macchiato to anyone who asks.

  • Jordy Roque, D.O.

    PGY 1

    Hometown

    Miami, FL

    Undergraduate

    University of South Florida

    Medical School

    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Child neurology

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    Beautiful hospital, great city, and a very supportive faculty! Most importantly, during interview season UAB made by far the greatest effort in getting to know me as an applicant and as a person.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and cooking. I especially like trying to make new recipes from other cultures!

    Fun Fact

    I am slowly working on tracing my family genealogy from when they initially migrated to Cuba all the way from the Canary Islands!

  • Matthew Lustig, M.D.
  • Katie Thaggard, M.D.
  • Erin McLeod, M.D.
  • Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.
  • Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.
  • Joshua Butler, M.D.
  • Destini Smith, M.D.
  • Katie Barnes, M.D.
  • Jordy Roque, D.O.

Recent Alumni

ChildNeuroAlumniMap2021

Dr. Brittney Jones: Florida - Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship in Miami, FL

Dr. Rachel Bass: Arizona – Pediatric Neuromuscular, completed Northwestern for Pediatric Neuromuscular Fellowship

Dr. Neal Sankhla: Georgia – Pediatric Epileptologist at Emory, completed CHOP for Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship

Dr. Lydia Marcus: Alabama – UAB Child Neurology, subspecializes in Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Disorders following her fellowship at UAB

Dr. Sarah Novara: Alabama – UAB Child Neurology, General Child Neurologist and UAB Child Neurology Program Director

Dr. Ashutosh Kumar: Pennsylvania – Penn State Pediatric Neurology

Dr. Tom Ireland: Tennessee – Pediatric Epileptologist, completed Emory for Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship

Dr. Sita Paudel: Pennsylvania – Penn State Pediatric Neurology, completed Neurophysiology Fellowship at Wisconsin

Dr. Katherine Hammond: Alabama – UAB Child Neurology, General Child Neurology with special interest in headache